"Waipu Cove" Acrylic on Canvas 14x18"
Hi guys, went out painting at Waipu Cove today. Beautiful day. Had to get out of the studio. Used acrylics today for something different - had a hang of a time trying to keep the thing wet. Went a bit crazy with the technique as a result though you can't really tell now. The big idea for this one was to really push the background away which I did by basically painting all the background first as a high key painting and reserving my darkest darks for the foreground. Now that I get it home in the studio it seems to have worked pretty well - gives a real airy feel to it.
Painting in a high key just means raising the value of your darks. The impressionists used this idea a lot to capture that atmospheric quality. All you do is paint your darkest dark a few values lighter than you normally would, and make sure nothing goes darker than that - sounds simple, but it's pretty tricky when you're trying to balance everything else out there, not to mention the acrylics drying slightly darker. Much easier to do it in the studio.
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